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Ex British/KGB Spy on Hunger Strike outside Downing St

category louth | miscellaneous | other press author Thursday December 16, 2004 12:39author by Brian Vernon Report this post to the editors

Victor Makarov once spied for Britain from the heart of the KGB, spending five years in a labour camp after he was caught. After MI6 helped him defect to this country, he hoped for a new and prosperous beginning in the nation for which he had risked his life.

But the reality has been very different - living on a disability allowance and a few official handouts, he has become the spy who has been left out in the cold, embittered and poverty-stricken. Now a man who is a reminder of aspects of an era both sides hoped would be quietly forgotten, has re-emerged: a former spy who wants to claim what he believes is his due.

Today, Mr Makarov, now 49, says he will begin an indefinite hunger strike, camped on the pavement in Whitehall, opposite the gates to Downing Street, in support of his claim for an annual defectors' pension. He said: "It is not a real hardship for me. I have been in a Soviet labour camp. I know about hunger.'' He will have just a sleeping bag for warmth.

And in a strange twist :

http://cryptome.org/makarov.htm

Related Link: http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/story.jsp?story=592896
author by hmmmpublication date Thu Dec 16, 2004 13:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

he was a bit exceptional then this man -eh?
oh well. how much is a defectors pension?

author by .publication date Fri Dec 17, 2004 09:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I do hope he get all that is coming to him!

author by Beriapublication date Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

With friends like that......
A poor traitor gets shat upon........its hilarious

 
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